Thursday, 8 July 2021
Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Bill 2021: From the Seanad
I want to be clear on why we put in the amendment because I want it on the record. We tabled the amendment because of the fact that the RPZ legislation was based on the electoral areas. I mention two areas in particular - Carrigaline and somewhere in Meath. One half of the Main Street in Carrigaline will be in an RPZ and the other half will not because of the redrawing of the boundaries. That is not intended to be a loophole or anything but we wanted to flag it. The bonus in this, which was probably not intended, is that we have given the Minister the extra power to make the decision on the basis that the electoral boundary cannot be split in two, with one half of a town exempt from RPZs and the other facing high rents. I thank the Minister for his patience today. It is more about inclusion than exclusion when it comes to the RPZs.